Created on Thursday, 18 April 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
A family connection to the University of Northwestern Ohio made Indian Lake’s Brandan Ross take a hard look at the Lima school, but instead he chose the University of Findlay to continue his baseball career.
Ross, whose father Lou is an assistant baseball coach at UNOH, signed with Findlay this week during a ceremony at Indian Lake High School.
“Findlay just felt like home to me,” said Ross. “I loved the coaching staff and facilities there. It also fit well with the field I am going into. Overall, it was the best choice for me.”
Ross, who also looked at Ohio Northern, is a left-handed pitcher. He also plays first base.
“I think Findlay is a good fit for Brandan,” said Indian Lake head coach Kevin Eyink. “It is a good small school and they compete in a very competitive conference. When Brandan visited Findlay, I think it is where he felt most comfortable.”
Ross has steadily improved his game during his Indian Lake career.
A three-year varsity player, Ross went 3-1 with a 1.62 ERA on the mound last season as a junior.
This season, he is 1-2 with a 2.22 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 25 innings of work. He is also hitting .367 with eight RBI.
“Brandan has always worked very hard and been willing to do the extra things on his own,” said Eyink. “His hard work and determination will help him to be successful at Findlay.”
Ross has worked to improve his velocity and the command of his off-speed pitches, and college coaches took notice.
“Earning an opportunity like this is a credit to Brandan and his parents for working so hard and having the drive to try and be a college athlete,” said Eyink. “A lot of people want that, but are not willing to do all the work that it takes. It is great to see another player come through our program and be able to continue to compete at the collegiate level.”
Ross hopes to finish his high school career on a high note this spring. When it does come to an end, he will be anxious to get started at Findlay.
“It is exciting to be able to play in college,” he said. “I have wanted to play college baseball since I was little.”